Kentucky Coffee Tree

Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Gymnocladus didicus
Best Characteristics for Identification: Nested pores in latewood. Ring porous. Florescent under a black light.
Uses: Limited to local lumber due to the infrequency that the tree is found.
General Natural Range:
Midwestern U.S. from Lake Michigan south to Arkansas and Oklahoma. East to West Virginia.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Honeylocust
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species: Latewood pores in coffeetree are visible with a hand lens and are typically arranged in nested clusters. In honeylocust, pores are barely visible with a hand lens and are surrounded by confluent parenchyma.
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